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Posted: Thursday, 23 May 2013 1:10PM

Ovey Discusses Recusal From Claude Russell Case



56th Circuit Commonwealth's Attorney G. L. Ovey says he does not feel the case against Claude Russell, who is charged in the 2002 murder of Chantell Humphries, will be weakened by a new prosecutor. Ovey made the comment during a news conference at the Lyon County Judicial Center in Eddyville, after filing a motion Tuesday to recuse himself and his office from the case based on accusations that may require him to testify.


   
Ovey says his decision to recuse himself was based on the integrity of the Chantell Humphries murder case and his reputation.


   
Ovey says he has spoken with a potential special prosecutor about taking the case, but cannot disclose his identity until the Attorney General makes a final decision.


   
He says he does not feel there is enough evidence to dismiss the case against Russell, adding that he still feels the Commonwealth has a very solid case despite the first trial ending with a hung jury. Ovey says the investigation by Trigg County Sheriff and former Kentucky State Policeman Ray Burnam reiterates his stance concerning independent investigations.


   
Ovey adds he feels the allegations concerning Trigg County Judge Executive and former Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander are very upsetting.


   
Ovey also pledged to continue working with Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam on other cases in the future, despite allegations of witholding evidence that are contained in the motion to dismiss that was filed by Russell's Attorney John Stewart.

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